Once again this year Metro has decided to suspend its weekend maintenance schedule during the Cherry Blossom Festival. So there is no weekend track work going on at all any where until April 13. After that it’s back to the unending delays, interruptions and near chaos of weekend service.
I blogged about this last year. In general my overall opinion of Metro has not changed
all that much.
I was very impressed with the way they dealt
with the passenger who had a heart attack on the train I was on. Their
response was quick and immediate. They moved quickly to figure out the
situation and then get people out of the way. And to get help to the man as quickly as possible.
main problem with Metro seems to the problem it has always had. It
rarely seems to be able to communicate in a timely fashion what exactly
is going on. Delays seem to have few if any announcements. When stations
are closed over the weekend (when buses replace trains), finding out
where to get the shuttle bus always seems to be a hassle. Metro people
seem to be few and far between. I will admit they have gotten a little
better at this. Rhode Island Avenue was closed twice so far this year.
On both occasions I took the Metro and they had enough people out to
tell you where to go to get buses.
This does not extend to when
trains are single tracked through stations. This can get confusing again
a simple announcement saying the train now pulling into the staying is
going in the direction of would be more than adequate to help people
out. And nothing can confuse people more to have a sign saying all
trains board on one side of the platform. Then have a train pull in on
the side where trains aren’t supposed to be running.
Ah well. At
least for a couple of weekends there won’t be any track work. And the
cherry blossoms will be out. I guess that is enough of a reason to